Daily US Times: The country continued this week on a path to reopening from coronavirus pandemic, with communities such as California and New York pulling back on restrictions following increased vaccinations and lowered infections.
Yet with overall vaccination rates in the United States slowing this month when compared to highs in April, US health officials are raising awareness about the uneven distribution of vaccines in different parts of the country.
Andy Slavitt, former White House senior adviser for the Biden administration’s Covid-19 response, said: “I’m very unconcerned for people who have been vaccinated, and I’m more concerned for people who have not been vaccinated and the communities that are largely unvaccinated.”
Slavitt, who earlier described the Delta variant as “Covid on steroids,” noted people who are in high vaccination areas are likely to know others likeminded about inoculations, and places with few vaccinations are more susceptible to clusters of coronavirus infections.
He said: “In those communities, a Covid that spreads twice as fast is not a good thing.”
The Delta variant, a form of Covid-19 that was first identified in India, has increased to approximately 10% of coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the CDC.
CDC listed the variant as a “variant of concern,” meaning scientists believe it is more transmittable and can cause more severe disease.
Recent studies demonstrated the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines against variants such as Delta, with many in the health community urging to Americans that the best way to defend against the disease is preemptive vaccination and immunization.